Rowan Strang

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4.06

Wow, what a way to end the heats. Seriously well acted dramatic stuff.

The story wasn’t super clear, but the strength of the peformaces more than holds the film up.

For next year work on camera (especially focus) and audio, get a tripod and lock off your shots.

4.06

Pretty cool idea, good blend of drama and comedy.

Nicely made throughout.

5.04

I’m absolutly guilty of getting a genre and making the film i wanted to make anyway. So what im saying is you clearly side stepped your genre, this will probably hurt your chances of glory within the comp

With that out of the way I absolutely love this film, slick and stylish, expertly peformed. Just a real delight to watch.

I look foward to rewatching this. Brilliant work by all involved.

For real, do dance and musical every year. Just figure out a way to hit your genre a little more clearly.

3.01

Looking at my notes and the other reviews i cant recall this film at all, I will doubble back and re review it once its online.

My notes say: Funny. The sex scene was great.

5.04

really nicely made film, strong visuals and night shooting.

Story didn’t exactly resolve in a super satasfiying way. But i was enganged the whole time the pace was good and the film was just generally well made accross all departments

Some really strong character moments.

Not sure if this film nailed its genre but i liked it for what it was.

5.04

Pretty bloody Charming.

I wana watch this again right now.

Hilarious Z Grade style. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this.

Probably the best Christmas film made in chch

4.06

Cool take on the genre

With less dialogue this film would have been even more tense. The premise was simple enoguh so im not sure you needed the extra Dialogue,

ending was predictable but good.

4.06

Quite a sweet and beautiful idea. Great stab at the musical genre too.

Nice to see serious and dramatic work in 48hours

3.01

Mental, and hilarious as always.

4.06

I’m finding this one really hard to review.

I’ve actually just deleted and am now rewriting my review, as i just clicked on what the final shot means. Something that took days to put together, (and now i feel stupid for not putting it together instantly.)

That said im not sure how much this revelation improves the overall story. But it certinatly does make it all feel less random. Which was my major original gripe, why are they there, what is the point to this.

Ultra, Gah! Like almost all the Ultras, this was a Sequel to a film that really did not need a sequel.

And in a way you guys got double screwed. Make a sequel to your back catologue of films, which are primarly comedy driven films, and the genre you got was Thriller.

So I really can’t imagine just how hard it was to come up with a concept for a thriller that was also a sequel to your other films.

The characters from Down to the Wire make the most sense. But at the same time of all your films that one really strikes me as the most self contained.

Things I Liked, Cutting her hair at the start was a good Sequel bit.
Cinematography, flashy, but also fully in service of the genre. The long tracking shots through the house do a really good job at building tension.
The drone shots did stand out, but hey, they looked fantastic and again they really did serve the overall style. They probably only stand out because they are so impressive for a 48hours film. Watching the film on its own outside of 48hours and i don’t think they would stand out as jarring.

Not as tightly edited as previous TBALC films. Simple stuff though, another few hours in the editing room and those problems would be fixed. (Hey, thats 48hours for you)

I think my inital reaction to this film was too harsh, but TBALC brings that on themselves by constantly blowing us all away year after year. The combination of a sequel and a thriller might just have been their Kryptonite. (I would have loved to see them tackel either one individually) but with that said i think TBALC made a good job of rising to the occasion and turining in a film that is still strong in almost every department.

5.04

One of the more successful Ultra/Sequel films.

And yet, like all Ultras, a Sequel to a film that really really really didnt need a sequel.

But with that out of the way Submission Impossible submitted the Impossible.

A good film that matched the tone and style of the original, exploring new and relevant ideas while managing the tricky task of incorporating a whole new genre (interesting take, obviously you couldnt go for the most obvious version of this genre)

Like all Ultras this film suffers from throwing the audience into a pretty complex set up without much context, really you need to watch the original and this one back to back, which I look foward to doing.

As per usual, strong performacnes, well shot, tightly edited.

Should make city finals.

3.01

I wasnt a fan of the disclaimer, but i liked the film.

Better luck next year eh?

3.01

Well shot, well constructed and competantly put together.

Pity about the lead in drag, if im judging the film on its on merits i cant really look past a guy playing a female for no good reason. I guess this years requirement got you down?

Story was fun, i liked the ending.

Side note, yeah the credits, what on earth. Put everyones name up on screen at once. Credits for a short film should never run that long.

3.01

The call is coming FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!!!

Nice work guys, good tone, there was a shot that kept going from the kitchen to the living room, and i was sure that this was setting something up, like on the third time the guy would walk back to the living room and everyone would be gone.

This short probably could have been stronger with a few less actors, it kinda felt like everyone was onscreen because everyone want to be, not because the story required it. Fewer characters and more development and time per character.

6.02

PlanetFoxFilms have been doing good work and consistantly improving over the years.

It seems they are at a tipping point now.

This year they turned in a real Gem, the clear favorite of the heat.

Sure, it still feels like a film made by kids, but its got story, humour and character that rises above the standard 48hours film. The ‘film made by kids thing’ is only going to fade with time and a really strong team will emerge.

Keep your eyes on these guys for the future of the comp.

4.06

A brave idea in the face of the mighty musical. Great work guys

5.04

A simple yet strong take on the genre. Well done.

All in all quite a good short film. The beauty of this film is the team didnt attempt to tell a story bigger than they could pull off, which is so often the problem with new and school teams.

By picking a simple idea and following it through with a well made film you put together something quite great.

The development in the third act had me laughing and wincing all at the same time,

Great Job by all involved, I look foward to seeing the future work of this team in the comp

5.04

A strong peformance goes a long way.

Logan the Bogan was one of the highpoints for this heat. Despite being a mocumentary in format it still stood out to me as more of a short film than a fake doco,

Well written/improvised. Nicely made, and it has a proper ending to boot!

3.01

Some pretty funny moments... in this thriller.

Looks like everyone had fun.

5.04

Absolutely Bananas and I loved it! One of my favorite Z Grades from all the heats.

4.06

Respect to this team for taking on relevant and topical issues.

It’s great to see this team back year after year, I suspect theres a bright future for you guys in this comp. Keep it up.

4.06

Squire Film’s do consistantly good and interesting work. This film followed that pattern.

Nice clear story that makes for a fun take on the genre. Well acted all arround

4.06

Strange and Unsettling, you made me wince and turn away from the screen, which within 48hours is brave and new.

4.06

Good Tone, Locations, acting and shooting.

I got a little lost as to why things were happening, but i aprecaited the direction the film was going.

4.06

Beautifuly shot and well made, the girl falling backwards into the pool might be the best single shot this year.

I struggled to follow the details fo the story, but i’m confidnat that the team knew what was happening, they just struggled to comunicate that through the 5minutes.

For example i couldnt follow the significance of the watch. First it was on one person, then it was on another?

Great shots, good editing, its funny, shot on an iphone used to be worth noting, but now iphones shoot better video than you’re standard handicam. And they rival the quality of the bog standard DSLR from 4 years ago.

4.06

Funny take on the Genre. Well lit, good peformace from Santa.

2.03

An extra star for doing something new, the concept was cool and when I started to work out that it wasnt shot locally I was impressed.

I couldn’t follow any of the story though.

3.01

Very Pretty looking but kinda empty.

Some goofs in frame too, cars and things driving arround in the background. A cyclest biking past, (couldnt they yell for help if there are other people nearby?)

5.04

Truly Tragic, out of all the Sequels I saw during the heats, I’m pretty sure Pigs Guts made the best one.

That said, like all the Ultra films, its a sequel to a film that didnt need a sequel, which is unfortunate, and at the same time its clear to see why the disabled account would be their pick for a sequel, picking up right where the previous film left of is really strong, and gave me that OMG its a legit sequel vibe.

Sorta like that new star wars moment when im like, it looks fimilar but its all new, and my brain cant work it out but i get super excited.

Using a shot that didnt make the cut of the original film is so cool too.

Plenty of great jokes here, and all up its a tightly made film well shot and as always edited to perfection. Its a crying shame Pigs Guts didnt get it in on time.

Pretty sure the path to redemption is clear, Disabled Account 3 in 2018.

4.06

The Ghost Mother! A great take on the genre that I’m not sure the overall film quite lives up to. (Only because the concept is so strong)

Some really funny gags though. Just would have been good to see more done with this.

2.03

Musical or Dance?

Genre aside this was good, funny use of the cat, good peformance and well shot/edited.

5.04

Very Funny, and a genuinly great visual concept that the actors managed to pull off perfectly. Huge credit to them here.

Story was good, not exactly strong but it serves the comedy of the rest of the film.

The girl crying when she weighs herself was brilliant. A joke like that flashing past quickly was just perfect, great sense of pace and comic timing

I was able to call the ending after about 20seconds, but that didnt stop it from being bloody funny.

My Favorite of the Heat, and I expect we shall see this again at the City Final

3.01

The Names changing was funny, the stock footage was hilarious, (the first time you played it)

Really all of the Z grade elements were funny, but the rest of the film left me wanting.

3.01

Don’t act outside your age range is usually some of my go to 48hours feedback. And i stand by that, but at the same time i can’t fault you for wanting to make this film.

I enjoyed it, it made me laugh, although is it just funny to see young people acting old, or was the film itself actually funny. would the film have been as funny with actual old people?

4.06

Quite a fun film, the use of children and the acting they did was fantastic, really spooky stuff!

Pretty simple story overall but still fun to watch it play out.

5.04

My Favorite of the heat by a long shot.

the first 4/5ths were intersting and engaging enough on their own, and then the ending broguht it all home with some really cool ideas.

My only note was you held that final shot too long. Did you want it to play as comedy? Because holding it that long went for laughs, but It had seemed that you were going for gasps.

4.06

Fun take on the genre, i found lots to like in this film, the random way that the additional Jingles were added in was good. And you still managed to put a whole story into the film too. Strong stuff.

5.04

One of the Better Ultra’s made, which is helped for me in large part because I remember the first film.

Cool out of body death sequence. The most daming thing i can say about this film falls more on Ultra, its a sequel to a film that never needed a sequel.

But good work for pulling one off anyway!

Tightly shot edited and acted.

4.06

A clear and strong concept, story was solid and easy to follow throughout.

The comedy works for the characters and drives the plot. All over quite a good film, if not a bit forgettable.

3.01

Very strong alien effects, but i wasnt clear on the story, quite possibly because of the sound issues.

4.06

Some good effects and visuals, the securtiy camera and roll especially
For the most part the story was clear and easy to follow, that said the ending didnt really work for me.

4.06

Good film concept, well acted, it all comes together quite nicely,

My only note is the edit could have been a little tighter, a shorter cut of this film would strengthen it overall.

3.01

A mocumentry using fairytale/fantasy characters. But once you do a contemporary Mocumentary i feel like you have left behind any real sense of a Fairytale or Fantasy genre.

I’m on record saying you have to have a really good reason to do Mocumentary, and im not sure you guys did. But thats personal prefference.

4.06

I gladly will wait patiently for the more polished extended director's cut to be released at a more leisurely time-frame, im all about that.

As the team acknowlaged this film dosent quite live up to the wall to wall crazyness of their previous films, but what it does do is very fun and impressive. The skydiving bit is great but i was expecting Mad Scientists to push it further.

The plane set was very impressive.

I felt that the film ended rather randomly, but there is something to be said for not outstaying your welcome, short, sharp, sweet and all that. Funny as always.

Good work with Ultra too

4.06

beautifully shot, well acted. But kinda limited in its overall scope,

In my book you have to have a really strong idea to justify doing mocumentry. And i’m not sure this idea was strong enough.

Perhaps if the main santa had been the only santa the film could have develped more of a strory, i have in my notes that the ending was Abrupt and unsatasfactory.

6.02

Funny, well made, well written, just a really strong 48hours film over all.

Great use of Genre, impressive location and production design.

Well shot, directed, acted. Everyone involved should be supremely proud of this film.

The Doctor/Nurse bit in the middle of the film is fantastic. The pace of the film also is excellent.

My enthusisiam for this film softens slightly at the ending, personally i find the use of sound effect to be a cop out, but that’s when you consider this film in the context of the comp, and as i like to say the best 48hours films stand up totally outside of the comp, which this film does, so in that sense the sound effect is used quite cleverly within the script.

Also the selfaware joke about how you’re probably sick of this sound effect felt cheep, this film was better than that, but it also works in the context of the film. So thats probably just my problem.

The lead actor does a great job, the character is so so watchable and funny, his energy, fear, panic and instance that he hasnt stuck something up his butt is funny, although it starts to verge into gay panic teritory.

What this team has pulled off in 48hours is extremly strong accross the board. ‘Not Again’ is my safe pick for Christchurch City Winner. (So its a city finalist for sure)

I say ‘safe pick’ because its a typical 48hours films in many ways, it’s pure comedy.

I wish that Les Cousins had had the full 7 minutes of years gone past to let this film breathe, i think my niggles with the ending stem from the whole thing wrapping up very quickly.

3.01

A strong idea trading in sadness and darkness. Toneally quite good.

That said, actors acting out of their age range really dosent work for me. It’s tempting but just dont do it. It does you no favors.

5.04

Probably the best At Night movie,

Brilliantly funny. Even if it is trading on the standard silly comedy that 48hours seems to bring out in a lot of teams. But that sounds harsher than i mean it to,

The comedy here is really good, the use of onscreen text is consitantly laugh out loud funny. The eyes effect is great too,

The whole style is that of a weekend crew having fun making a film, and you can feel that beaming off the screen.

Strong chemestry between the two male leads,

I expect to see this in the city finals.

5.04

Just the kind of film you want to watch in the middle in the middle of the third heat of the night.

Some seriously funny bits in this film, id say its a strong contender for best bad film. But frankly it might even be too good for that award its a pretty clear and well done story inside a Z grade style.

The Hacker stuff was funny, the 4-6 days later card was great, and the car special effects was Hilarious, funny performances from everyone too.

6.02

Bold and strong as hell.

Extremely well made, well shot, tightly and expertly edited. Strong peformances and cleraly a stable hands at work behind the film

I’m not sure i can really comment on the ‘story’ untill i’ve had a chance to rewatch it, but then this isn’t really that kind of film, its more about an emotional gut responce.

Extra points just for making a 48hours film that dosen’t trade in comedy on any level. Probably the most purely artistic film in Christchurch this year.

City Finalist without a doubt.

5.04

I have a soft spot for this team, a few years back they made a film that absoultly killed me during the heats, gut bustingly funny. (In a best bad film kinda way)

It was nice to see you take on Musical, the rap was great, production value was all over the place as you have commented on, shooting on phones is hard haha, but it works just fine for this team.

Hanging the dishes out on the line was a brilliant way to finish the film.

Already looking foward to the film you make next year!

2.03

I’m not sure i can accurately review this film, the sync issues really got in the way of just following what happens, but what happens seems to be pretty limited.

Good location, costumes and make up though.

4.06

Im gonna copy and paste my notes in for a review:

Whaaaat the fuck?

Technical difficulty gag funny

+2 for Lightsabers

Weird as all hell

Funny, made me laugh several times.

4.06

Strong visual style, confidently made

I will need to watch it again to fully ‘get it’ and because it was Ultra I unfortunatly couldnt recall the original film over than recognising the art style.

Of all the Ultra teams though, this was one of the better ones.

The scene in the bar had some quite funny lines.

6.02

Dystography Studios + Z Grade Film = A Match Made in Heaven

Brilliantly funny, they absolutely nailed their genre and in getting Z Grade i feel they werent too ham stung by the dastardly beast that was Ultra.

City Finalist for sure. I know im looking foward to rewatching

4.06

Strong Set up, Nice subversion of the Genre,

Weeeeeird ending, but strong film all over.

4.06

Great work, probably one of my Favorite Christmas movies from Christchurch, Cute premise, well acted with a clear story throughout.

Taking the car was especially funny, the final gag with the skeleton of santa was great.

Everyone involved should be proud of this film.

6.02

I was under the impression that a team had to have entered 5 times or more to be able to register for Ultra?

Nevermind, Newcomers Dragon V Mouse surely are one to watch! Its especially amazing that in their first year they were able to make a sequel!!!

Ok, for real though, I loved the film, of all the Ultra teams that got fucked over these guys did the best job with it, thanks in large part to their genre, horror comedy, the inital premise of a first time torturer with low self estime and the girl hes torturing holding all the power is brilliant, i can only imagine the kind of brilliant film DvM would have made if this wasnt a sequel that also required all the elements from a previous year. The comedy betweent the leads is easily some of the best in any chch film this year.

The transition from bear to human was also spectacularly well realised. The link back to the original film is also quite well done, its a sequel for those that have seen the orginal, and its a delightlfully strange horror comedy for eveyrone else.

And then the film starts to turn inwards and become selfaware, for me this was too funny, the Ding’s on the required elements are a pretty nice middle finger to Ultra, the only thing missing would have been a direct diologue refference to how ultra sucks.

So this film is an interesting one, of all the Ultras out there this one manages the best, partly by coping out in the final moments and becoming selfaware, but the first half is so good that i think it will make finals if only so that the comp dosent feel embarased that most of the ultra films suck.

DvM for rising tallent award 2017. You guys should enter again next year!

4.06

You had fun making it and i had a lot of fun watching it,

The ADR was a particular highlight, i also have in my notes that everyone was doing a Batman Voice,

The listing off of all the themes at the end was also really fun, over all this didnt strike me as a serious effort but it broke up the heats quite nicely.

The joke with the drink being poured intop the glass was well done. The lets get back to the office joke was also really well played.

2.03

I’m really sorry but i wasnt able to follow this film beyond the inital premise, the tone was good so the genre was well used, but i got confused very quickly, some patchy audio didnt help with this.

But i have to respect the attempt at such a dark and serious film.

6.02

Musical, Teams either rise to the occasion or they dont,

Congratulations Cruel World Productions! This was a DELIGHTFUL film. The music and lyrics are GREAT, the performances are great, the story was simple and effective.

Its absolutly the kind of quiky comedy that plays well at 48hours, and while i like to hate on this out of context in the face of your film i cant help but smile, I can’t wait to watch it again, likely at the city finals.

I just rewatched your film from last year too, very funny.

As mentioned in other reviews the sync goes in and out throughout the songs, and the overall production value dosen’t quite match the quality of the rest of the film. But christchurch has never had a problem looking past production value to see the gold inside the film.

And direct from my notes, it’s a musical, which means hightened reality, I would have liked to see them kiss at the end.

6.02

Crab Crab Crab’s straightest film in recent memory but still delightlfuly strange.

Great comedy throughout, strong peformaces, production value and direction.

Excellent work with the Slug Creature. Super impressive effect.

Some of the simplest and strongest jokes of all the Chch Heats.

Really high chance that we see thisin the City Final, I look foward to rewatching it.

6.02

I loved it, less about plot or a three act structure, just a simple story idea done well.

Tightly edited, well shot, great way to take on your genre, of all the christchurch films this one really felt like a fairytale.

Loved the reveal at the end, which was made all the more satasfying by the panio framing device used throughout the film.

4.06

I feel most sorry for the Ultra teams that got Thriller, Without ultra these great teams would be free to just go make a great film, but instead they had to find a way to connect it and spin it off from a previous year.

With that said, Cat House Films made a pretty good job out of an unfortunate situation, this thriller is prettty tense and acted well, the story wraps up nicely. I only had a passing memory of the film this was a sequel too but that was enough for me to follow how this one was set up.

I noticed a few focus issues that draged down an otherwise good looking film.

4.06

Slick and stylish as the best of them,

Being an Ultra/Sequel ment i was kinda lost once the film started so i cant really speak to any plot of story.

But what they did have was some moments of extremly strong comic timing, directed, edit and acted to perfection.

Not the strongest use of a female character, but hey, you got a gal in so you have a leg up on some other teams haha.

My only other note is that the film takes a backseat to the music towards the end,

6.02

Great sound design and score, very atomospheric,

Strong idea that all came together with a satasfiying ‘twist’ ending, i say ‘twist’ im not sure if it was a twist or if i wasnt following earlier on in the film, eaither way by the time the film finished i was clear on exactly what was happening and i loved it,

Great use of special effects, strong in a non show off kinda way. Competently shot and acted too.

5.04

Pretty strong film over all, shows how far a simple idea done well can get you,

Subtle but great use of special effects too, probably the strongest of the heat overall

3.01

Decent premise, two friends collect the third friend and they go off to look for a crashed alien ship.

Subtle use of the sound effect which was good, better use than most teams in this heat.

For next year, its ok if you audio comes from the camera but you have to consider that while shooting, this means keep the camera close to the actors, no long shots for you!!!

4.06

Pretty clear story and concept. Good peformances make up and over all direction.

Nice ending too

3.01

Not really sure what this was about. But i liked the party scene quite a lot.

4.06

I get it. I wouldnt be able to live without my ipad. (But i also like playing with my star wars toys)

As usual a cute and fun film from a christchurch regular.

Hate to say it but I really liked the films from previous years more. I look fowaed to a new entry next year. Still this was a totally competant well made film. Clear, to the point and simple.

4.06

Interesting take. Some funny moments arround the dietary requirements of a vegan, which i can imagine would be painful at christmas.

Unfortunately I really cant remember any of the rest of the story or drama. Quite possibly a limitation of the mockumentary format. Talking heads can get a bit tedious

5.04

Yes. A stand out of the heat. In the first minute I especially noticed how clear the premise was and how well set up the characters were. Throughout the film i was always able to follow what was happening. Which is more than i can say for others in this heat.

The thriller was handeled really well. Some proper scares and thrills.

This film followed a clear beginning middle and end. It used its characters well and made me care about what was happening. Well done!

4.06

I enjoyed this. It was a fun take on the genre. The QT style attempted was fun too. Unfortunately im not sure you managed to totally pull off your action sequence. Although at several times i was truly worried for the safty of the actors so perhaps you can call it a successfuly tense action sequence

5.04

One of my favourites of the heat. Great work taking on musical.

Strong production value and style. A really good set up but i must admit i was lost by the end.

3.01

As i sit here reviewing films. Unfortunately I can’t recall what the story was here. Which in effect is the best feedback i can give. Focus on telling a clear and simple story next year.

2.03

Hate to say it but this film did nothing for me.

Apologising during the credits leads me to believe that the team already knows everything i could say about this film.

3.01

It looks like everyone had fun making this. You got a few chuckles out of me during the leg waxing and shoe gags.

Considering you had females on the team im not sure why you decided to do charcters in drag. I also wasnt clear on any of the motivations of the characters.

4.06

The literal bad seed. Good cast with comitted performances. Its also good to see a story that finishes confidently. As in you had a clear ending for your story

As mentioned elsewhere, for future films look out for your audio levels.

Great work from this team. See you again next year.

7

What a brilliant take on the genre. Really no other bechdel movies i saw did anything close to this interesting with the genre. Best single laugh of the whole of chch is in this film. And its a 5/5 for that moment alone.

I like this more than every film TBALC has made in the last few years whcich surprises me

5.04

Another very strong film out of NZBS.

Good story idea. Well peformed and directed. The highlight for me was the silhouette style imagery.

I look foward to seeing this again. Likely at the city final.

4.06

Strong concept. pulled off pretty well. Nice thriller vibe.

I guess the most damning thing i can say about this film is that I doubt it has any rewatchabilty

This would be a first for TBALC

At least i can go and gush all over the other one now

4.06

Great storyline. Humours characters. Plenty of funny moments. Solid film team.

4.06

Wow. It sure looked GREAT!

The freaky part was how ive filmed several times at your final location. So weird to see such a specificly small spot in someone elses film.

Great way to do cat and mouse. A chase film! Freaking epic

4.06

Beautifully absurd. Just what i wanted to see from a puppet film.

Made me laugh several times.

4.06

Submission Impossible have a real knack for doing real human drama and comedy.

I enjoyed every second of the film but ultimately i felt the ending kind of fizzed out. I would have liked to see tem go big with your ending. (I guess sort of like last year)

Somehow? I dono.

Great work. See you all next year!

3.01

Im really sorry but I couldn't follow the story. What i did see was well made. the car crash was well handed

4.06

Some good laughs came out of this film.

Unfortunately i saw a punk band mockumentary the night before!

4.06

Solid twist. Decent enough horror vibe.

7

What we have here is a perfect team dynamic that's been building over the last few years. Now it must be nearing its epic final form. Its a team that shits quality at ever turn.

Between several magically charismatic on screen peformances and who ever is behind the camera these guys know how to do it.

The unforseen advantage of having the weekend this late in the year has clearly been the quality of the films from the student teams coming out of NZBS. But pigs guts films takes this and turns it up, By about 1000%

What we truely have here is the best short film ive seen come out of christchurch since IS LOVE ENOUGH from 2013.

4.06

Brilliant monologue in the middle. Some good comedy here too

3.01

Good on you guys for tackeling such interesting drama.

4.06

Great costumes and a cute story. Cutting to the real socks was used really well.

4.06

Lovely movie. Great concept and take on the genre.

Great ending shot too

5.04

Beautifully designed beautifully shot.

Lovely story and performances too.

5.04

Great take on the genre. Great ending. Solid short right here

5.04

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckin strange. And delightfuly so.

4.06

Great lead performance in a creapy movie

5.04

Chilling stuff. Ive used the word tone in a lot of my reviews but this one takes the cake. A confident hand is at the whelmin this film. Beautifully surreal

6.02

Nicely done. Great style on display here. Good ending too

6.02

IT'S ALIVE!!!

Bloody beautiful film. Great puppetry!!! Solid story. Really well done.

4.06

Yeah punk! This team took the genre and ran with it in a way that really worked well for them. It lead to a great pace and set of performances

4.06

Silent Film eh?! Nice stuff, i was particularly impressed with the title and dialogue cards. They where seamless!

6.02

I loved this teams take on the genre. Like A LOT! Good performances and some slick film making brought it all together.

5.04

Great punk movie. Simple yet effective story. Great chemistry and performances. Great work team!

5.04

The branch breaking earns this film an extra star.

4.06

Very dark. I liked it.

4.06

First up. Mad respect for managing to put a gun fight with no women in it into your rom com. I wanted to stand up in the cinema and start clapping right there and then.

We also got rom com and lets just say things on friday night went from bad to worse before we managed to find something that worked for us.

So with this in mind i think you should all be really happy with your film. I especially enjoyed the ending. Really sweet and beautiful. You clearly got dealt the genre you where least prepared for but you totally pulled it off.

Virtute Scientiam Complete!

6.02

Lovely film. Some of the strongest visual storytelling i saw this year. Who ever came up with the concept please take a bow.

My only advice for the future would be to try and find a better camera. Your strong sense of visuals wiould benefit from this greatly.

5.04

Bloody good make up and effects. Very impressive.

This film achieved quite a nice tone and style too.

4.06

Good time travel idea. Good performances and banter between the leads too.

4.06

Well made on a technical level. And in truth the story was strong just not very original. Still cleary a good effort from everyone involved. Looking foward to see what you do in the future

5.04

Very cool. Great work team. I didn't see the ending coming and when it happened i loved it.

Great rack focus too

4.06

Strong visuals. But to be honest im not sure what happened in the story. Well made film on the technical side though.

6.02

Brilliant. Great story. Fantastic performances. Very funny.

Perhaps the ending was a little simple for me. But thats only because the set up and the rap battle where so good.

More from this team please.

If best teen team or best newcomer team is still a thing this would be my vote.

5.04

Superb performance from the lead character. Very well made film from the shots to the snappy edit. A great use of genre. The story really worked well.

Above all though, Wonderful performance!!!

Great work team

4.06

Fun film. Nice story.

4.06

Great cast with a good story that keept me engaged. Solid from beginning to end really because it keep me wondering what would happen next.

Strong way to tackle the genre.

7

Brilliant. Cant wait to see it again. I hope everyone involved is planning on doing it again next year.

I absolutely loved the one take all genres sequence. Bloody brilliant.

To me this is a clear winner for best bad film. I really hope i get to see it again on the big screen.

5.04

Strong idea. Cool characters. It's nice to see Cousins step it up again in terms of audio and video too.

I believe this idea would have benefited greatly from the older 7 minute timelimit. As it played i was actually shocked when the credits rolled as i was expecting the story to continue

7

The perfect 48hours film? Yeah. I think it could be.

Is love enough still might be my favourite film by this team (all teams) ever but this one is absolutely number 2.

7

I look forward to a film by Mad Scientists every year.

Can i please request an ongoing continuity for your future films? Or are you already doing this?

Bloody great stuff. You should go skydiving next year!

4.06

This film had a lot going on which both worked to kerp things interesting and hard to follow. The good sense of humour throughout was really nice.

5.04

This film gets an extra point from me puurely for the way the decided to hit their genre. Good performances. Quite an unsettling film to watch which I believe might have been the intention. Strong colour palate.

4.06

Considering you got puppet film i think this film brought it all together quite well. Good performances and approach to the puppet.

5.04

Cute story that played out to an entertaining conclusion.

7

Commando is a good film.

I also cant recall this film and my notes didnt help much.

Good use on the line?

4.06

Dystography Studios sure know how to make a slick and stylish film. The mood and atmosphere where really strong.

Honestly. I couldn't follow the story though. Congrats on achieving the genre so well!

I suspect this film make sneak its way into finals which would be nice so i can see it again.

5.04

Great performances. With a story that i was fully engaged in that managed to surprise me nicely in its movements.

Great stuff team. Looking forward to future efforts

7

Clearly inspired by the famous Ridley Scott directed 1984 superbowl mackintosh advert, which is pretty much the most punk thing ever. This team finished their film proudly displaying the badge Shot on iPhone6. making a punk film on a phone. So fucking punk.

6.02

If there was an award for best use of the cinema sized screen (and why is there not?!?!) then this film should win it.

The unbelievably strong and effective POV style of this film elevates a pretty simple story to greatness

This short succeeds in a way that not nearly enough 48hours films even attempt. It gives the viewer an experence. Short stoures are fine. But I like to go to the cinema for an experience.

Im calling it now. This was the best use of the technical element in chch this year. Crazy simple. Unbelievablely funny moment. Testiment to how well the pov was.

Fuck i didnt realise how good this film is untill just now.

Finalist for sure.

If it had done more (not been so simple in its ending) I could imagine seeing this win the city. But the judges typically have hard ons for story over stye/concept. Pity.

5.04

This film was great! Really stylish and fresh.

The final line was obvious but still bloody funny and strong.

This team should be proud of their work. I look foward to future entrys.

3.01

Cool use of split screen and a nice way to play out the expectations vs reality thing. something about the treatment of the gay characters felt just a little bit tone deaf to me though

Quite a good concept though.

4.06

Simple story done well. Good work on the production design from costumes to props to locations. (Although i did spot that one car in the background)

And then. The osmo! Which made for a really cool shot at the end. (But was that the native camera audio???)

Well made film. But the story might just be tol simple to let it into the finals. But I wouldn't be surprised to see it make the cut.

5.04

Very fun film. I enjoyed this film quite a lot. Good ending too. Great performances all arround.

Great dancing too

5.04

Very fun story the cut away scenes where really strong.

Great work team.

6.02

My favourite film of the heat. Great concept and a strong delivery of that idea. Perhaps the ending could have been stronger or bigger? But hey. This is 48hours and endings are hard.

This film was just great. Pure and simple.

I hope to see this in the finals.

GREAT costume too

6.02

YEEEEEP, very fun film from a very entertaining team.

Started nice and weird. And developed and built on its strangeness very nicely.

Good way to tackle the genre!

City finalist for sure

4.06

Cool concept. Ill need to watch it again to remember and understand it fully though.

4.06

Lovely ending. Fun film.

5.04

Very entertaining and clever film. Probably the best use of this genre i saw.

The subtitles gag was great. The whole concept was really great

3.01

Nice commitment to the mystery genre! Unfortunately i was left unsure of how the story played out.

4.06

I liked the tone and especially the look of this film.

Ill need to watch it again to understand the specifics of the story though.

You may dissagree but i think you should have Letterboxed the 16:9 footage inside of the 2.35:1 footage. The widescreen footage looked great on the big screen. The 'raw' fullscreen video footage just felt too big by comparison

The colours and cinematography where great. Should get a cinematography nom :)

5.04

Quite a strong film. I was properly freaked out at one point during this short so well done. Some very good tracking shots over all This film was technically very well made.

5.04

Strong film. Good use of grenre. Cool locations, good sense of style. I liked how it all came together in the end which is more than you can say for most films in 48hours!

I quite enjoyed the gimp too. The weirdness of this film felt very authentic.

4.06

I really enjoyed the mime cop, the sax horse and the use of prop.

4.06

Nice use of genre. Good locations and production design.

5.04

Nice looking film. Very strong use of audio and music.

Cool concept too.

3.01

Some funny lines

4.06

Hilarious performance from the friend who has the house.

3.01

Weird tone with some funny meta moments

5.04

Charming story. Nice and simple done well. Very watchable

4.06

Yay! A time travel film that didnt shy away from doing proper time travel!

4.06

Ill need to revisit it to properly understand it but this film was nicely moody and visualy striking.

4.06

Hilarious character and ongoing gag with the tracking.

3.01

The bro code. Decent enough story and everyone played their parts well.

6.02

Yep. I really liked this film. Best laughs of the heat. Great deadpan performances. Really strong all the way around

4.06

Hey yeah. Great work achieveing a truly creapy and unsettling tone. The story was nicely set up and delivered too

3.01

Strong take on the genre. Just needed some stronger scenes and energy.

5.04

Hey congrats on the audience win!

Loved the performances, all extremely watchable. shot selections and characterisations where really nice too. Cute tight story with some funny moments that landed perfectly.

That wind though ;)

4.06

Nice way to do rom com. Fun and confident performances. I really really liked your rack focus with a zoom. Honestly one of the best rack focus's i saw in all the heats.

4.06

Nice concept that was seen through to a fun ending. .

6.02

What I liked: I'm a huge fan of high concept 48hours entries and I can only imagine the kind of workload a film like this would have created for the team. Thankfully then the final result was totally worth it. dynamic camera moves, some very slick stop motion animation and proper close ups. To me everything about this film was great. I look forward to watching it again!

2.03

Whole lot of WTF

What i liked: Very committed performance form the lead, I enjoyed watching him as he took us through the weirdness. when the shot zoomed out of the tower i laughed and all hope was lost for this as any kind of serious film

What didn't work for me: If there was a story it was lost on me, it does feel like you where trying to be weird and crazy for the sake of it. others have said this might win incredibly strange best bad film but I don't think a film that is trying to be weird/bad should ever win.

You made me laugh and this film was a nice change of pace in heat 8. It would of been the weirdest/funniest film of the night but the film that closed out the heat stole that title from you.

4.06

O dear god, THE TOAST!

Things I liked: humours use of the prop and interpretation of the genre, some nice shots too (the top down bathroom shot was great)

I was waiting for a mountain of toast to come crashing down over the main character but it never came... (at least in the crazy over the top amount I was expecting)

5.04

What I Liked: Great performances, nice take on the genre (two cat and mouse stories going on at once was cool) lots of strong visual comedy get me interested with good music keeping it all together. The resolution brought a smile to my face too

It's a tough genre and they did about the most exact version of cat and mouse that you could do with out getting actual cats and mice involved.

7

What I Liked: I don't think I've ever seen a better concept and execution of that concept come out of 48hours. To me this film is not only a brilliant achievement within 48hours but a wickedly cleaver short film in it's own right.
I'm amazed that in the space of 7minutes (or how ever long this film was) the concept was so strong that they where able to sneak in the moment where two characters started thinking/talking over each other before one character said "You go first" this was for me the best joke of the film, and that it lands so well is only testament to how onboard I was with the concept and what the film was doing.

And i haven't even mentioned the acting and technical aspects. both of which stood out again as major achievements

if i had to pick one area that this film could have been improved upon it would be that in an ideal world this script/concept would have been done with a larger costume budget and filmed on a real studio backlot from the 1940s :)

City Finalist? Yes
City Winner? Yes

Its about time TBALC won the 48hours competition outright (at a national level) and retired so the rest of us can have a go ;)

4.06

What I liked: funny awkward comedy. the edit worked well to keep the comedic timing, nice concept and script -

For next year: the dialogue was weak compared to the strong non verbal aspects of the performances. so focus on more natural sounding dialogue and performance.

6.02

What I liked: Wonderful concept, beautifully crafted film, superbly acted. very moving story. Hearing the child while seeing her tearful reaction really got me.

Submission Impossible always turn in interesting and often great films, this year was no exception.

My only niggle was the final shot, the VFX really let you down, Less is more, simply having the colour grade change as dramatically as it does would have been enough.

City Finals? 100%

3.01

What I liked: Great opening/closing shots, friendship storyline was nice, nice set up and pay off with the hook up. (although more should have been made of this when this when it happened)

For next year: Spend a little more time working out the story, the car chase and drinking sequences added nothing to the film other than distract from what was working, (the relationship between the two main characters)

4.06

What I liked: This was a good black comedy that understood the genre, great performances, production design and location. it also had several laugh out loud moments,

Gags like the car splashing the character with a bucket of water and the pony tail pulling were very funny

I wasn't entirely clear on the main characters reason or wanting to get into the cult though.

3.01

What I liked: some good gags, continually going back to the dead guy got funnier with every shot, going from a cooked chicken to a raw chicken was very funny. this was a silly film that begged not to be taken too seriously (so I wont)

as has been pointed out in other reviews this film did feel like a rehash of the Eh Teams film from last year so i can't help but rate it lower because of this, even if it is a fluke

for next year, turn off your auto focus! or just what ever was going on with the focus, sort that out as it was a major distraction. and try come up with a slightly more original film?

7

Top marks! This film was bloody funny, loaded with film references, I can't wait to watch this one again.

recreating the chest buster with a Baguette was the best moment of the night for me.

A true 48hours film if ever there was one (on flip side its not much of a film without considering that it was made within 48hours)

probably will win best DQ film for chch (if thats even still a thing)

4.06

I think I'm reviewing the right film here... the beach party one right?

this was a strange film but it had a clear storyline that played nicely, it was well shot and acted.

4.06

What I liked: clear and easy to follow story, nicely acted, some very funny moments (esp the Bacon's in the building line) good ending.

Im not sure what hell is going on in relation to the comment from the team above but Im glad everyone had fun making the film

Enter again next year! and hold on to that younger actor who was in the kitchen scene, he's clearly very committed!

4.06

What I liked: Funny concept, cute storytelling. Fantastic jokes told by characters within the story that really made me laugh. when the wrong person drank potion the performance by that guy was brilliant

Practice makes perfect, keep on making films and in time your craft will get better and better, i could say plenty about the technical aspects of this film but you guys are clearly young :) So keep at it and i hope you enter again next year!

4.06

What I liked: good concept with an ending that I didn't see coming, the judges where funny to watch.

For next year: the edit could have been tighter. with a shorter runtime the ending would have worked even better.

also im not really sure you stuck to your genre. but I might be reading it the wrong way.

4.06

Simple concept, funny concept, made me laugh out loud more than once.

nothing too serious here, Animations not really my thing so good on you for doing it.

4.06

What can i say, I think I liked this film a lot more than I should have... Super funny start with a rant at a girl selling chocolate. it only got stupider and funnier from there. the blow job in the car was really funny even if at that point the film was just trying to be funny without any internal logic behind it.

ending was kinda random and abrupt

all in all it looks like the team behind this one had plenty of fun making it.

5.04

What I liked: Great concept, well excited, pacing, cinematography and performance all serviced the story well.

I can't think of anything that needed extra work with this one, it's nice to see simple story pulled off during 48hours, not every idea needs to be a mini feature film.

I really liked this film and would not be at all surprised if it made the finals

4.06

I love Vogel's bread too :)

Silly yet well pulled off story, (it totally saw the ending coming) it was a pretty epic adventure that the hero was sent on, lots of quirky characters. the fight at the end went on a little longer than I think i needed it to.

Nice references to the big lebowski made me laugh.

Fun fact, this was (as far as i can tell) the only film made in chch used a drone, i was convinced there would have been more

5.04

I actually really enjoyed this one, the banter and relationship between the two duck hunter characters was a highlight of the all the heats, I'm looking forward to seeing this when it hits the screening room.

not sure if they really did the genre justice but I cant complain. pretty simple film and they pulled it off.

really the characters at the end where fantastic, the way one character kept shutting down the other was simply fantastic.

4.06

What I liked: Good performances, nice take on genre (most teams didn't get black comedy but this team sure did)

unfortunately the film was rather forgettable, other than some lighting continuity I can't really make any more comments than this.

4.06

What I liked: simple story thats been very well told, likeable characters that were well acted, great shots too, tracking back with the trolly looked very nice. I also thought the shock ending was well handled even if it was a tad predictable. Nice title and great sound (a rarity for 48hours)

For next year: because this was a simple film i thought the whole thing could have been shorter and not lost any of its impact or story. some of the dialogue felt a little directionless and was simply there to pad out the film before the shock ending.

all around though this was a well crafted film from a team that I look forward to seeing more from in the future

3.01

What I liked: by far the strongest thing on display here was the acting, the premise also was interesting enough to keep me engaged through the film

however I wasn't really clear on what was going on for the first minute or so, this film also played more as a comedy than as a rom com, the comedy that was on display was great but the romantic side to the story seemed to be sidelined in a big way.
the pacing also didn't feel quite right, things happened in a very fast and episodic manner.

the shots in this movie looked good but i question the decision to crop down to a 2.35:1 ratio, as far as I could tell this was done purely in post and i don't think it added anything (i was aware that there where parts of the composition that we where missing)

3.01

What I liked: Story was simple and easy to follow. good on you guys for doing a chase

for next year: tighten up that edit, if this film had been half the length then the ending might have been worth the Journey and would have been much funnier as a result

4.06

What I liked: Good story, easy to follow which meant that all the dramatic build up worked really nicely and created some nice suspense.

the set up and pay off with the nose stud was well handed and worked very well

For next year: Camera and sound have room to be improved upon but the essentials like storytelling are right there.

3.01

What I liked: I wish i could do his during 48hours, it looks like a lot of fun. I laughed my ass off when this teams film played at the finals last year and i was thrilled to see this "spiritual" successor.
everything to like about "one man army" (their film from last year) is back this time around plus some. stuntman leaping backwards into a river, an extremely good looking gattling gun.

in your team comment you mention how you would like to make more films like this on a regular basis, PLEASE DO!

I don't want you guys to ever stop making films like this during the 48hours weekends, my only suggestion for improvements would be to try and upgrade your cinematography , it might be worth looking into some colour grading techniques (up the contrast and crush the blacks)

also as much as i like seeing the action movie essentials 2 after effects plugins it would be great to see you guys do even more practically, look into building your own blood squibs with a pressure sprayer. (https://youtu.be/rQVV_PooaHk) a few years ago me and some friends built something similar to the one in this video using an adapted weed sprayer :)

Keep up the great work, can't wait to see more from you guys next year

4.06

What I liked: Beautiful colour grade, one of the best of heats, nicely shot and acted.

sadly I quickly became lost. I'm pretty sure they had a cool story behind it all, but the way the film was made didn't do a good enough job of conveying that to me.

In the future perhaps work on clarafiying the story or just telling a simpler story from the outset
Also your sound quality could have been stronger, I only say this because your other technical aspects where very strong

5.04

What I liked: competently shot, good comedic timing, nicely acted, In most of my reviews I've suggested that films could be edited tighter but I think you guys got this spot on.

What to think about for next year: with even stronger production values this team could be a regular finalist. (although I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the finals this year)

4.06

What I liked. Cool concept that this team explored very nicely. Epic titles/character names. (How come we saw each one twice though?). A very committed actor.

I was left wondering why this film was cropped to 2.35:1 when the style was documentary. (A Somewhat unusual combination that I don't think added to the film)

4.06

This team turned in a great short film last year writing is clearly their strong suit. I was very plessed to see them step up their game visualy.

This film tackled some very Interesting and original ideas that for the most part elevates this film above the typical 48hrs fare.

However, I was disappointed when the film ended as i felt it had only really just begun and I would have liked to see the character developed more.

To the filmmakers credit though they did leave me wanting more.

Finals? Yes!

5.04

Great film. Very well made. Really good acting across the cast. Cool take on the genre.

My only niggle might be that I didn't understand the ending. But my friend was able to explain it to me. So I might just be my problem

Finals? I suspect so. I hope to see it there.

4.06

I was very exited to hear that this team was doing a horror. And while I think they pulled off the film they wanted to make. I'm a little disappointed that they didn't go fully for a horror especially as it had a very scary moment at the start.

Minor story point. Why did they meet at a child's playground?

Finals? Could well be. It had some good comedy and was stylishly made.

1.05

I can only assume this team was going for incredibably strange/best bad film award.

It certainaly felt like it

I didn't find anything to enjoy. Sorry to say.

By all means make a weird film. But at least tell us a story at the same time.

4.06

What I liked. Incest humour. This film made me laugh. as weird as it was it build up to some good moments. The scene with the priest was great.

The way the film reveals its big twist/concept was bloody amazing.

Strange that one of the best black comedys of the comp didn't even have to be a black comedy. So good on you guys for taking rom com (stupid genre for this comp) and doing something interesting with it.

What else can I say. This film was funny! (And fucked up)

4.06

What I liked. Fantastic child actor. Cool story although I got lost at the end. But I liked the concept.

Visuals could have and really should be stronger.

5.04

What I liked. Fantastic black comedy. Plenty of great jokes that really worked for the genre.

The film was nothing until the vet character arrived.

Lots of great wtf moments here. I look toward to seeing this in the screening room when the time comes.

If I'm being totally honest I've given this one a high rating because it's so bad it's good. :). Still good though.

4.06

What I liked. Great visuals. Cool premise. Nice pacing for a 48hours film. I liked that they took the match cut and made it a key reoccurring element.

Ending didn't quite work for me.

5.04

What I liked. Man this one was funny! Great visuals and a great take on the genre.

I liked this film for exactly what I was. Yes it could have looked even better but the rough around the edges look only added to the comedy.

Lots of lols and a way to start the heat.

Lacked any real substance but that was the whole point.

4.06

What I liked. Cool story. Good take on the genre. Good acting too. I really liked the story with this one.

For next year: tighten up the edit. Less is more. You can clearly come up with good stories now tell to us a bit faster!

4.06

What I liked. Great singing and songs. Nice story. I enjoyed this film!

5.04

What I liked. Great shots. Very funny story. Good performances. It's no surprise that this film got audience favourite. It made me laugh out loud several times. Well done!

Enter again next year, make some more films between now and then! I look forward to more work from these filmmakers

4.06

What I liked. Good editing and acting and an intriguing story. This is also one of the only black comedys I saw this year that really took a good stab at it's genre.

For Next yeah. Try to make your story fit the age of your actors. While I enjoyed your film a lot I was very aware that was was watching young people play older characters :)

I hope you guys enter again next year!

4.06

Things I liked. Puns. Zombie Zumba joke. Great make up and effects. Good characters and story.

For next year. It worked well for the story you where telling. But next year you should try get out of your house ;)

Great work though team!

5.04

I loved this film. It looks like everyone had a great time making it.

I hope you enter next year! Well done!

5.04

What I liked: Strong visuals and a expertly crafted film. cool take on the genre, it was an ambitious concept but they really did pull it of with a great combination of practical and post production effects. as always with TGA the performances where great and kept me watching

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this one in the finals although it did feel like there was a lot of story left untold when the film reached it's finish What happens next!!!! (this could be another point to the teams credit though)

4.06

What I liked: Good Performances, competent visuals, and a interesting enough story to keep things moving along. nice use of the genre too (although how does that work?)

What to work on, a tighter edit would have improved the pace of the film and while it was competently pulled of the story felt a little to simple. still a good effort in 48hours, suffers from playing in such a strong heat

5.04

What I liked: Beautifully crafted movie, strong visuals, editing and effects (as always from the Eh Team). what this film does best (and indeed their other films have too) is very quickly build a rich and engaging world for it's characters. The performances across the board where great. the effect of Hamish in the blue paint/glue/gloop was great (I'm still trying to figure out how this was achieved)

Unfortunately I don't think the story lived up to the high standard that the Eh team has set for themselves (and Christchurch) I was never very invested and I don't think the resolution of the main characters plight felt earned.

City Finalist: Of Course! (it will probably take out a few major awards too)

1.05

Hate to say it but I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this film

A last minute revelation that a farmer has been sleeping with his animals only confused me further (although the rest audience really got a kick out of it)

7

I think this film will win the incredibly strange best bad film award. from the opening line the tone is set.

I started off thinking it was just another bad 48hours film, but by the end I was laughing myself silly.

At it's core is an interesting take on the genre by way of the the prop.

It looks like everyone involved had a great time making the film. so good for you all :)

what really made me laugh was the constant exposition. on a serious note to the filmmakers, It's cliché but show don't tell, many times in the film the lead actor told us exactly what he was thinking or feeling when his performance and the on screen action had already done this. (this is a big reason I think this film will with the award mentioned above)

I really REALLY hope to see this one again at the city finals.

3.01

What I liked: Made me laugh a few times, the set up and call back to the spy pen gadget was amazing.

What to work on: this film suffered from bad audio making it a little harder to enjoy, personal I'm also not a fan of the documentary style. The story felt a bit random and unfocused.

4.06

What I liked: this film sure made me laugh. very simple concept but they really delivered on it. good visuals and a tight edit which made for a good pace.

What to work on: I'm really stretching here but not a heck of a lot happened in the film which ultimately makes it somewhat unmemorable and not all that special in relation to the rest of the competition and a stacked heat.

5.04

What I liked: The Concept, simple enough but these guys really pulled it off, with a pitch perfect music selection and cleaver onscreen action that made the most of the the reverse slow-motion. this film was a stand out from the night. I'm sad that these guys have changed names from Speakerdip Productions as they where a key part of what made last years heat 8 so strong. Great performances from everyone (nice surprise seeing Jess) the team behind this short are one to watch. last year they also took a simple concept and made a great short film out of it. a cleaver way to approach your genre.

What to work on for next year: I would encourage you all to continue making short films between now and next year hone those skills and you will fast become one of Christchurch's best teams. In my review of your short last year I think I commented that the visuals and technical aspects could be improved upon, Its great to see that this has been done for this year, unfortunately the storytelling that made last years so good wasn't as present this year. I don't think this film has quite the rewatchability that last years did. This film stands strong on its first viewing but a second viewing will only show up how simple the story is.

City Finalist: You bet! Despite my comments above I am excited to see this film again knowing what to expect.

4.06

What I liked: Cute story, nice visuals that worked well to tell the story. good performances too. nice match cut

What to work on: as cute as the story was ultimately the whole story was unmemorable to me and a bit cliché

4.06

What I liked: So many clever rock puns! this was a very well written film! the best part for me was the dog eating the bread at the end. the use of photos and puppetry was great. I would be happy to watch this film again just for the story and script. (it was nice to get a break form all the bread puns)

What to work on. this film existed almost entirely in it's writing - It lost points from me for it's visuals, other than the great visual gag of the dog as mentioned above this film probably could have looked better and done more with visual comedy.

City Finalist? Not sure. but wouldn't be surprised (very good writing after all)

6.02

What I liked: This was a great short film. A very strong performance and story kept me interested and engaged throughout the film. The teams take on the genre was fresh very humorous. I particularly liked watching the lead try to be sinful while her true character won out. Great match shot too that added to and served the story well.

What to work on: its a very minor quibble but i didn't like the way God was introduced at the end. Im not going to try and suggest a better way that they could have done the ending but a different approach could have ended the film on a stronger note. but that's 48hours eh!?

City Finalist? For sure!

5.04

What I liked, The tone, shots and acting where spot on. all around this was a very well made film. the ginger bread men looked perfect.

What to work on for next year: the ending didn't live up to the quality of the rest of the story. so unfortunately this one didn't go out with a bang.

City Finalist? Could well be, depends how the rest of the heats shape up

4.06

What I liked: when they got to the mistaken identity part of the short I really found this one to be quite funny. the way the story progressed beyond the half way mark was very amusing, nicely shot and acted too

What to work on for next year: the start of the film felt very directionless and could easily have been cut way down. I can see what was being set up here but it really detracted to the overall pace and quality of the film. Personally I didn't think the additional twist at the end felt earned but it was a funny moment.

2.03

What I liked: Made me laugh, good production design. - Perhaps this whole film would have worked better if it hadn't had sound issues at the start, ( I understand this was not the fault of the team)

What to work on for next year: I'm really not sure this one counted as a black comedy. so for next year try to nail your genre a bit more clearly. - I really had very little idea what was going on with this film

4.06

What I liked: great acting from the guy playing the bread (loved his expression) simple enough concept that the team really delivered on (gunning for that incredibly strange award?)

What to work on: by the half way mark I felt like I wasn't seeing anything new. the short just got weirder and weirder. It looked like a lot of fun to make and clearly went down really well with the audience. It's obvious that the team behind the camera has an eye for good shots and editing, I would love to see this skill focused on a more "conventional" short film, but if they wanted to make a weird film this year they totally succeeded and who am I to tell them not to. :)

5.04

What I liked: This was another great film from heat two, (pretty sure it got my 3 point's vote) Extremely well written (good quips and puns) great acting, perfect editing that drove the story and pace. this one went down a real treat with the crowd.

What to work on for next year: The film took a little longer than it needed to to get started, and perhaps the shock ending didn't live up to the quality that had come before it.

City Finalist? Could be, I would be happy to watch it again

5.04

What I liked: Great take on the genre, very cool story that kept me interested up until the last minute. (I always wanted to know what was going to happen next) solid performances from the actors made this one of the stand outs of the heat

What to work on for next year: while it was funny and crowd pleasing I felt the adult baby gag at the end really undercut the quality of the film.

4.06

What I liked: solid performances by the two leads, interesting story that was complemented well by the music and audio cues, The joke moment where the husband went up the stairs only to call out all clear was brilliant

What to work on next year: The visuals really let this film down, while I can tell that those behind the camera had good intentions the final product didn't live up to what they where aiming to achieve

4.06

What I liked, Nice art department and visuals, good use of match cut that contributed to the storytelling, simple and easy to understand story which can't be understated in 48hours. the set up to pay off by was good. great practical effects on the broken/gashed leg, this made me flinch.

What to work on for next year: the location in the first two thirds of the film was great, but at the end it was all happening on a nicely mown lawn somewhere. watch the mix also as the music felt like it was mixed to high at some points

4.06

What I liked: The performance by the leads was good, their back and forth banter was enjoyable to watch. the captured fellow did a good job in a mostly non verbal role also. Solid visuals throughout, good sound too.

What to work on for next year: Story felt a little random and unfocused, I wasn't clear on the motivations of the characters by the end of the film. predictable ending also.

3.01

What I liked: Nicely shot, and I think at it's core it had a cool storyline. (reminded me of the drummers from THIS IS SPINAL TAP)

What to work on for next year: Unfortunately because this short suffered from poor audio/mix I found was very hard to hear and follow the storyline.

5.04

What I Liked: Great Film, cool take on the genre, very nicely shot and edited - the editing especially served the comedic timing perfectly, so far in the heats I've watched this one has the best match cut. all round really good short film.

What to work on for next year: Can't really think of anything here but I guess the story and character took a bit of a back seat to the stye, if someone asked me what the story was about specifically I probably wouldn't be be able to tell them

City Finalist? Sure, I wouldn't be surprised.

3.01

What I liked: Great music guys, I was humming your tracks while I waited between heats, The story was cute and quite nice to watch. good performances too, I didn't pick up on the Boy playing Girl thing for way longer than I would care to admit (it was a long night) so kudos to that actor!

What to work on for next year: If you end up with musical again then work on that Sync! otherwise a tighter edit would have improved the overall pace of the film.

2.03

What I Liked: The Ebola paranoia was funny and a good way to get into the black comedy genre, also a nice silhouette shot against the sunset :)

What to work on for next year: I hate to say it but I outside of the first few minutes I was completely lost, while i think there was some good comedy inside this film i had no idea what was going on so the jokes where lost on me. A simpler story for next year might help focus the talents of the team.

4.06

What I liked: Nicely shot, good sound for the most part, cool story idea, the relationship between Adam/Harper and God was funny to watch. (thought the trip to the zoo was very funny)

What to work on for next year: Do a work flow test or two, I can only assume you were pushed for time during the edit (we could hear the director?) over all the whole film could have also been edited shorter.

3.01

Things I liked: Well shot, and some stylish editing. (the food being eaten was very cool) the ending did a good job of partly explaining what was going on (and I found the bread party very funny)

Things to work on: the story was far too complex for me, I was lost very early on. Next year just keep it simple!

4.06

Things I liked: Nicely shot and edited the story as cute and enjoyable to watch. (I liked the literal trail of breadcrumbs) the character too was a great interpretation of the required trait

Things to work on for next year. Watch that sound mix, the audio levels where a little inconsistent, the music at times was much too loud.

4.06

Things I liked: this team had a great take on their genre, and several very funny moments, (the detectives brainstorm board was great) the dynamic between the two detectives was a joy to watch. Funny ending too!

Things to work on for next year: This film would have been greatly improved with a higher edit. The pace of the whole film was slow and could have moved faster without sacrificing the solid story

5.04

Things I liked: Wonderful story, I really enjoyed this film, the actors did a fantastic job with great script. the seesaw gag was the highlight of the entire heat for me.

Things to work on: a tighter edit would have made this film even better, as good as the seesaw gag was it played for longer than I was laughing at it, leave the audience wanting more!

Great work by all though, I can't wait to see more from this team

4.06

Things I liked: The use of the mirror was great, the production design of the entire film was superb.

Things to work on: I was lost very early on with the story, this might be down to the sound quality making it very hard to follow the dialogue. from what I could pick up of the story though it seemed you where going in some very interesting directions perhaps work on making sure even the slower members of the audience (perhaps me) can follow along

5.04

Things I liked: Well shot, Really great editing and effects (the match cut was a real highlight), all round these guys really got their genre right! I was also properly scared by several moments in the film

Things to work on: The characters felt a little under written and secondary to the story, but over all I look forward to seeing more entries from this team.

5.04

Things I liked: This was one of the best films in the heat. Great cinematography, slick editing and a wonderful performance from the lead. the story was interesting and moved along at a good pace.

Things to work on for next year: I think the only weak point this team had was in the ending, a little more work on the the script on Friday night will greatly improve the quality of your film next year!

3.01

Things I liked: Great work from the cast, the acting was good, the story fresh and original and a clever way to include more than one character in your genre. The best thing about this film was a good set up and pay off at the end with the bread. Another thing I quite liked (although I'm going to include it below also) was the opening credits, these were nicely edited and quite enjoyable

Things to work on for next year: Do you really need opening credits on a short film? watch out for that camera shadow too ;) focus on the essential story points I got a bit lost in the middle of the film,

4.06

Things I liked: The slow-motion running montage was very cool and the music selection worked well. The story kept me interested and the performances worked well.

Things to work on for next year: Tell it with a cut, several times we watched characters walk from one scene to the next, this unnecessary walking could easily have been cut out and the film would have been stronger as a result.
Even though the film makers where going for a found footage look I often found myself missing what was just beyond the edge of frame (particularly the actors heads) if you're going for hand held in the future watch out for this.

3.01

Things I liked: at least twice the filmmakers used a very stylish combination of shots and editing emphasise an important moment. (Pushing in and out over a series of quick cuts)
I also thought the split screen joke was very funny when both characters where sitting side by side on the phone to each other.

Things to work on for next year: try to use shots that work to help tell the story. Several times a particularly specific shot felt very out of place in a simple dialogue scene. save the stylish stuff for the moments that need it (like above)

While the gay character was an important part of the teams subversion of the rom com genre I don't think they handed it tastefully. Perhaps next year try a simpler take on your genre.

7

every year I'm impressed by the films that upshot makes. this year was no exception and intact probably their strongest film yet.

Given the dreaded musical genre Upshot really stepped it up and with a great setting they put together a solid musical.

their key musical number is STILL stuck in my head which is only a good thing here. the story is solid, the acting is good and the cinematography and editing does a good job of carrying the film.

perhaps the film could have been a little shorter? I think that I might have heard the main chorus for 'Saint Lyricals' just a few too many times.

8

A typically brilliant film from TBALC

very well made, great score, great cinematography, not much to fault this film on but I will try :)

perhaps the AH-HA moment where the film really takes shape could have been played a little stronger? perhaps the tone could have been built up just a little more before we meet the girl. so that when it changes gears the shift is more dramatic? but then again what do I know, that may have hurt the film.

my only other thing was that by the middle of the film we are being told a lot of things and not shown that much. It's a tall ask for 48hours but it would have been good to 'see' the things they are talking about.

City finalist for sure. I look forward to seeing it again.

9

yes yes yes yes yes!

I really really really hope to see this film at the finals and beyond.

while the film starts and continues largely as a very standard and frankly boring 48hours film (inside a fridge shot, meal prep) the shock ending turns the entire thing around and validates everything we have seen up until that point. The montage of innuendo's right at the end was amazing.

obviously it's a minor thing but this film could have benefited from higher quality cinematography and editing, not that the cinematography and editing didn't work for the film but it's the one area that will separate this film from other great 48hours films. i really only say this because the story/ending was so darn good.

That's just me though, here's hoping that the judges look past technical stuff like that and just concentrate on the brilliant short film with an amazing ending.

7

what the hell was this? Thats not to say i didn't enjoy it, nicely shot, nicely edited, generally a really well put together short film by a team that clearly knows what they are doing.

Sneaky Horses clearly wants the WTF reaction from the audience so by this standard alone the film is a complete success.

I'm kinda lost for words on this one, I enjoyed watching it, I look forward to watching it again, and as has been noted by other reviewers it's really good to see something fresh and different in the competition.

7

upon realising what this film was going to do with its 'race against the clock' genre I was in love with it, very funny concept, that really made me laugh.

Given that this is more of a web skit and not a short film (which is a step in the right direction for 48hours films) I would have liked to see it be slightly shorter/tighter, i also think it would have benefited from a puncher ending.

also, (and this is a minor suggestion) because the bulk of the film was the hero eating his spaghetti this section could have been even stronger if it used some more experimental cinematography and more interesting editing. that said the music selection was good any everything did work as it was done.

just my 2cents, plenty of other more talented people would probably disagree.

so although I've mostly just said how i think the film could have been better this is only because i love the core of what made the film funny so much. more like this from 48hours please!!!

7

For pure entertainment I can't fault this film. Its' a Brilliantly funny Horror comedy that still got the tone, cinematography, and editing part of the horror genre right.

I'm not sure how intentional a lot of the comedy in the film is, particularly the lead male, at the start of the film. It's ether a perfectly timed performance of comedic genius or a 'so bad its good' type thing. ether way the result is a very funny performance.

I look forward to watching the film again ether at the finals or online. I for one would love to see it at the finals, but I'm not sure it will hold up against repeat viewings and other more polished looking films.

8

what a way to end the night!

visually stunning and technically marvelous.

extremely strong soundtrack and good sound which set the mood and feel of the film perfectly.

I hate to say it but i feel like you where let down by your story. great concept for sure. I just dont feel like i was told a story, more like a small piece of a much larger story. I know obviously this was the whole point but i still feel like at the end of the day i experienced amazing visuals and great scene making without experiencing any real story telling.

but at the end of the day that first tracking shot has me totally in love with the film and I cant wait to watch it again (at the finals no doubt)

3

a great concept, i really have to give it to you. let down by your technical ability.

two great jokes in the movie, the pregnancy one was funny but not exactly smart, the end joke of the film was inspired.

sorry to say but the film was let down by its technically ability and sadly it's age inappropriate casting.

great concept, sadly it's letdown by the story that follows.

1

sorry to say but,

What the hell?

really confused about this one. nothing in it that really made the film enjoyable.

I saw the film that you made last year. If your only goal this year was to try get best worst film again then i still dont think you managed it.

I have no idea how best worst film is awarded but I dont think they go for films that are just really strange and messy.

Next year try make a coherent film. I get the feeling that you do actually have the ability. so dont just try really hard to make something bizarre, instead focus on making a film that we can all follow and enjoy.

I realize this may come across as way to harsh, this is 48hours after all, for all i know this film is the result of a weekend gone wrong.

7

Very solid film here, you totally nailed the romantic comedy thing. nicely romantic and funny but something more than that. I could really believe that this would be the premise for a romantic comedy film. the characters all felt true to the genre.

good laughs across the film, GREAT use of the Nicky Brick character. and the "Dad" character was also a great one.

just like last year you turned in a film that was especially solid from a script standpoint.

I will say though that i felt the ending was a little off.

I would really like to see your entry next year push your technical abilities. If you can just up your technical skills, sound/shooting/editing etc you will be a force to be reckoned with.

3

The opening musical number started the film off nicely. then it was all downhill.

I spent most of the film laughing at the film and not with it.

that is until the end, after the credits had played.: at first I was like what the hell guys please stop wasting my time, then it got to that point where it had gone on to long...

then it was possibly the funniest moment of the night.

Looks like you had fun making the film, or at least it looked like some good friends having fun. Im not going to put you down for having fun.

That said if you want to, next year have a go at telling a story and don't drink so much V :)

6

with the first cut I was wondering if they had misunderstood the found footage genre.

but as it turned out this team has rather an interesting take on the found footage idea.

nice shooting and editing. (although depth of field was just a bit to shallow for my liking)

clearly a team that knows what they where doing. good script. solid acting well made technically. just lacking an x factor.

the creators should be happy with their finished short. I look forward to more next year.

4

Interesting film, i liked the use of the brick following her around. the guy in the red mask was cool also.

The music sounded well recorded, sadly I cant remember any of the songs except one. which brings me to... The final song was great, should have made all the songs in the short like that one.

the film was strangely morbid at the end, also sadly i have to say that i cant quite recall the specifics of the story and the characters.

as Spooce said it looks like you had fun making this which clearly shows and makes for an enjoyable short to watch.

10

I can't fault it. a funny and well balanced script, technically well done, well acted, well directed.

only potential niggle (and this really is nit picking) is that if Geoff could spit the apple out when he did then why wouldn't he do so earlier.
non issue in the scheme of things though.

the one shot genre played perfectly to your strengths. I can easily see this going all the way to the top.

3

The team intro had me SO EXCITED!!!

however from there on I was rather let down by this film.

interesting approach using a split story. although given that you got action film I dont understand why you chose make a drama/thriller.

sadly your "action" fell short of ever making this an action film.

I can see that it was competently edited and at times well shot.

all n all I thought it was a solid enough story but just not fitting as a action film

4

I'm sorry to say but i think the story was lost on me here.

as has been noted by others the acting did stand out as being solid. for future entries work on your technical side and you will have a good team.

on a side note I was very impressed with the amount of (disturbingly realistic) guns you had.

6

Time and location made for a very impressive start to heat 9.

Nice shots and editing made for some very good suspense.

Over all I enjoyed watching this film as the concept was a good one. This said I felt that what I watched was the first scene of a bigger story. So ultimately It didn’t play out like a short film. the film didnt really live up to the potential of the concept. "a dark gun-for-hire superhero"

A very solid entry, I look forward to your future efforts.

10

Loved it, well shot edited and directed... as well as great performances by all...

Genuinely funny.

nice to see such sexy men in such a sexy short mocumentry... great ending...

Such a pity about the technical issues :(